Deputy Sheriff Juan Ruiz

Deputy Sheriff Juan Ruiz

Sierra County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Sunday, October 4, 1942

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Juan Ruiz

Deputy Sheriff Juan Ruiz succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous night while assisting another deputy outside of a dance hall in Derry.

The other deputy was attempting to intervene in a brawl when he was attacked. His gun and badge were taken him from him. As Deputy Ruiz came to his assistance he was also attacked and then fatally shot.

Three men were arrested and charged with murder.

Three subjects were arrested and charged in connection with Deputy Ruiz's murder.


  • Age 55
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, October 3, 1942
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Charged with murder

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Deputy Sheriff Ruiz,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Sierra County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 4, 2022

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